Mr. Richard Rothstein,
Distinguished Fellow of
the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute
of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of
will speak from noon to 1:15 p.m. about his
critically acclaimed book "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America."
"The Color of Law" uniquely
how a series of local, state, and federal government policies and
programs interacted to create a powerful system of residential segregation
in every metropolitan area throughout the United States.
From subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs, to tax
exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation, government policies and
programs played a critically role in creating residential racial
segregation. The lingering effects of those policies and programs
influence tragedies in places like Ferguson and elsewhere. Yet the
history is often obscured or forgotten. "The Color of Law" masterfully
pieces the history together, demonstrating an undeniable link between
government action and residential
Color of Law" is receiving high praise from scholars and critics. William Julius
Wilson described it as "one of those rare books that will be discussed and
debated for many decades." New York Times columnist Thomas B. Edsall
noted that the Color of Law is a "masterful explication of the single most
vexing problem facing black America: the concentration of the poor and middle
class into segregated neighborhoods."
Co-sponsored by UNC School of Law Clinical Programs, UNC School of Education and North Carolina Central University, this event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing
after the lecture
Food will be provided.